Beale Military Liaison Counsel Member, Ron Bartoli dies at age 81

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  • By Senior Airman Colville McFee
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.--Remembered for many accomplishments throughout the community and avid supporter of Beale, Ron Bartoli, passed away at the age of 81.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was a U.S. Army veteran who started several successful businesses and was a longtime board member of the Sierra Central Credit Union. Ron passed away Dec. 3, 2018.

Ron was remembered for numerous things. Notably, he helped close the gap between civilians and military members, and with the help of the Beale Military Liaison Council, fought to help keep Beale Air Force Base open during base cuts, closures and sequestrations.

“His biggest contribution in Northern California was keeping Beale a thriving base and off the Base Realignment and Closure list. Without him, Beale might have been closed,” said John Cassidy, CEO of Sierra Central Credit Union. “Ron forged incredible relationships with senior leaders at Beale for 30 years and helped keep Beale the primary intelligence base for reconnaissance in California. Much of the success and growth of the mission at Beale since 1986 can be attributed to Ron’s effort.”

 With the mission always going, Ron was the bridge that helped connect the community to the Airmen and developed and cared for Airmen.

“There wasn’t anything he couldn’t get done for the Airmen and families of Beale ,” said retired Gen. H.D. Pulumbo Jr. “He was the perfect ‘launch and leave weapon’ for me to use.  Ask Ron for assistance and he would always deliver with top class. He knew all the senior uniformed and civilian leaders in the Air Force and they all held him in highest regard. Ron was obviously a C-suite guy and he quickly became a trusted advisor for me as the 9 RW commander and a truly well-connected leader from California. I loved Ron Bartoli and will truly miss him.”

Retired Gen. Pulumbo, a former 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, will give comments at the Celebration of Life on Jan. 12, 2019 at 2 pm. The celebration of life will be hosted at the Peach Tree Golf Course, Marysville, CA. This celebration will be open to the public.